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‘At Last’ Paiko DIY presents: Paint-your-own terracotta pots for Valentine’s week! Our talented team member Rachel Siegfried takes us through the steps of how she creates her one of a kind pots.
terra cotta pot (available at Paiko)
gesso (available at craft stores)
acrylic paint (available at craft stores)
succulent soil (available at Paiko)
succulents (available at Paiko)
1. Find your inspiration- going with the flow and embracing mistakes makes your pot original
2. If using a repurposed terra cotta pot scrub it clean and let it dry
3. Gesso the terracotta and wait for it to dry after each coat. This makes the material less absorbent so your paint colors will pop. It will take about 1-2 coats to have a smooth gesso base. If you want to go an extra step, you can layer the gesso heavily with two or three coats to create texture. Allow the paint to build up in areas without completely distributing it equally over the surface.
4. Once the gesso is dry, use the acrylic paint to create a design, pattern, or love note. Even if you are using a stencil or following a design that you love, a good trick is to only paint with the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and white. This may sound intimidating if you don’t consider yourself a color wheel guru, but I promise it is a lot of fun and taking the time to mix your own colors pays off. A good trick to remember is to only mix two colors! Mix all three and you will get a dark brown. Pick any two colors and play with the ratios of each color to achieve your desired hue
5. Sealing your work off with clear acrylic sealer will make it weather resistant and help keep the paint colors unforgettable and vibrant in the hot sun. You can even purchase sealers that will create a unique finish, like extra gloss or matte. I like to use an aerosol sealer, like Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer. Steadily cover the entire pot with short strokes. I let dry and do two coats for extra staying power
6. Fill your pot with succulent soil and make divets in the soil for your plants.
7. Place your plants in the soil and pack firmly (but not too firmly!)
8. Water your plant thoroughly then about every two-three weeks
9. Place in a sunny but not too hot spot and enjoy!
Remember, ‘All You Need Is Love’ to make it all work out! And don’t forget to hashtag your creations #PaikoDIY!
Designs by Rachel Siegfried.